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Smith and Warner take on each other before Bangladesh tour

Australia will try 14 new faces on the tour.

By Anshuman Roy -

Australia's Test skipper and vice captain. (Brisbane Times)

Cricket is finally back in Australia as they are scheduled to tour Bangladesh for a Test series later this month. Before the tour two popular cricketers and team mates in Steve Smith and David Warner will  take on each other in a friendly encounter.

Australia have regularly played intra-squad matches to prepare for Test series' – they did so in Dubai in February ahead of their tour of India – but the nature of this contest is set to more closely resemble match conditions, with players wearing whites and two full XIs taking part under the leadership of usual captain Smith and his deputy, Warner.

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Australians have arrived in Dubai and are currently practicing in hot and humid conditions to get themselves adjusted to the conditions which are very similar to Bangladesh.

The injured Mitchell Starc, who is still recovering from a foot injury and will not tour Bangladesh, is the only player present who won't play on Monday, while part-time 'keeper Peter Handscomb looms as the likely gloveman for the Warner XI.

The arrival of left-arm orthodox spinners Andrews and Holland as well as leggie Zampa brings the number of spinners in the group to six (Nathan Lyon, Ashton Agar and Swepson will tour Bangladesh), as the Australians ready themselves for spin-friendly conditions for the Tests in Dhaka and Chittagong.

This is how the squads look.

Steve Smith XI: Matt Renshaw, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Tremain, Mitch Swepson, Josh Hazlewood, Tom Andrews, Jackson Bird.

David Warner XI: David Warner, Travis Head, Hilton Cartwright, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Agar, Jake Weatherald, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Jon Holland.


Anshuman Roy

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